Federal Law

Updated Guidance Regarding Use of Statements by Parties and Witnesses

On August 24, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued guidance regarding the Department of Education’s regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (as amended in 2020) and a federal district court’s decision in Victim Rights Law Center et al. v. Cardona, No. 1:20-cv-11104, 2021 WL 3185743 (D. Mass. July 28, 2021). The ruling vacated a provision restricting postsecondary schools’ use of statements by parties and witnesses. Click here to read the DOE/OCR guidance.

Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment

On July 20, 2021, the the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released it’s Title IX Q&As regarding Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment. Click here to read the document in its entirety.

Notice of Interpretation

On June 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Notice of Interpretation explaining that it will enforce Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex to include: (1) discrimination based on sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination based on gender identity. Click here to learn more.

Executive Order 14021

On March 8, 2021, the Biden Administration issued Executive Order 14021 – Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free From Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. Click here to learn more about EO 14021.

Executive Order 13988

On January 20, 2021, the Biden Administration issued Executive Order 13988 – Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation. Click here to learn more about EO 13988.

New Title IX Regulations

On May 6, 2020, the US Department of Education issued new Title IX regulations that took effect on August 14, 2020. UT Health San Antonio, as a recipient of federal funding, is required to abide by all of these regulations which carry the force of law. Click here for FAQ’s regarding the new Title IX regulations.

Title IX Training Materials

The new Title IX regulations require all training materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any facilitator involved in an informal resolution process, be made publicly available on the university’s website. In accordance with §34 CFR Part 106.45(b)(10), the applicable Title IX personnel training materials can accessed here or by visiting the Title IX home page and clicking on the corresponding box located near the bottom right of the page.